Curve Theatre, Leicester and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present RUFUS HOUND, JASPER BRITTON and DAKOTA BLUE RICHARDS in
What the Butler Saw
by Joe Orton, directed by Nikolai Foster
27 March - 1 April 2017
Dr. Prentice, a sex-obsessed psychiatrist, is attempting to seduce a prospective secretary but is frustrated by the arrival of his nymphomaniac wife, an over-enthusiastic hospital inspector and a dim-witted policeman. His clinic becomes a bedlam of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, dropped trousers and heightened libidos as the true traditions of classic farce are spiked with Joe Orton's unmistakeable subversive glee.
This brand new production, commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Orton's death at the age of 34. An inspired comic masterpiece, it remains as fresh and audacious today as when it was originally produced in 1969.
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound plays Dr. Prentice. His credits include One Man Two Guvnors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sancho Panza in the RSC's Don Quixote and Mr. Toad in Julian Fellowes' new version of The Wind in The Willows.
Jasper Britton, whose recent credits include The Libertine, Richard III, The Jew of Malta and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 for the RSC, plays Government Inspector Dr. Rance.
Geraldine is played by Dakota Blue Richards. Currently starring in Endeavour. Her other credits include Lyra in the film of The Golden Compass.
Catherine Russell (Holby City, Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason) plays Dr. Prentice's wife. The cast also includes Jack Holden as Nicholas Beckett and Ravi Ajula as Sergeant Match.
Photos: Catherine Ashmore
ReviewsBack to top
The darkest of dark comedies, staged with panache, wit and comic precision - The Stage
Deliciously funny - Whatsonstage.com
It is a night of wild laughter, mounting violence and exquisite bad taste. Only the terminally prudish could fail to have a good time - Daily Telegraph
This is a play aimed at delivering as much irreverent anarchy as possible - Daily Express
The play still tingles with the pleasurable electricity of the illicit , and is so beautifully written - Sunday Times
CastBack to top
GERALDINE BARCLAY - Dakota Blue Richards
DR. PRENTICE - Rufus Hound
NICHOLAS BECKETT - Jack Holden
SERGEANT MATCH - Ravi Aujla
MRS. PRENTICE - Catherine Russell
DR. RANCE - Jasper Britton
InfoBack to top
Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm Thursday – Saturday 8pm Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours, including interval
Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat: £21.00 £26.50 £28.50 £31.50 £33.50
Sat eve: £23.50 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £35.50
Wed mat: £19.50 £25.00 £27.00 £31.00 £32.00
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